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Latrell Sprewell vs. P.J. Carlesimo
Golden State Warriors 1997
It doesn’t get much crazier than a player physically assaulting his coach in plain sight. Then again, Latrell Sprewell did not exactly operate on the same plane of existence that most of us humans do. After a series of back and forth squabbles pertaining to Spree’s behavior during timeouts and culminating in the player missing a team flight, coach P.J. Carlesimo finally said the magic words to his temperamental forward during practice. Sprewell responded by wrapping his hands around his coach’s neck and not letting go, then returning 20 minutes later to throw a few courtesy punches. The Warriors voided his contract and the NBA suspended him for 68 games (the remainder of the season), while Carlesimo would continue to coach the Warriors until he was fired early on in the 1999-2000 season.
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